JOB OPPORTUNITY | EVERGREEN

Evergreen Public Art Program is hiring a Curator!

Over the past five years, Evergreen’s Public Art Program has engaged audiences with the Evergreen Brick Works site and surrounding ravine system through a series of temporary art projects with established and emerging contemporary artists. Our approach is multi-pronged, inviting artists to activate underutilized sites, collaborate with Evergreen’s programs, partners and visitors, and tell the stories of the site, the city and the surrounding river valley. Evergreen engages local, national and international artists in creating site-responsive, place-based works. Evergreen’s public art projects are designed to be temporary, of short and long duration, and artist-lead.

Through partnerships with municipal government and the community, we will continue to launch complex, provocative projects varying in scope and scale. Projects may range from murals, performances and sculpture to research, photography and text. This program is committed to connecting and engaging a diversity of voices from various disciplines through strong partnerships, collaborations and co-creations. We strive to support and invite artists from a wide range of backgrounds through our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, both onsite at Evergreen Brick Works and in the ravine-sited projects each year. 

The Public Art Program is a key place-making component of Evergreen’s work, both in the ravines and at the Brick Works site, reflecting the organization’s core values of connection, sustainability and innovation.

This program is committed to connecting and engaging a diversity of voices from various disciplines through strong partnerships, collaborations and co-creations. We strive to support and invite artists from diverse backgrounds through our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, both onsite at Evergreen Brick Works and in the ravine-sited projects each year. 

We are seeking to contract a Curator to contribute their unique skills and expertise to the Evergreen Program Team.  Providing services as an Independent Contractor, the Curator will steward the existing 2021 Public Art Program, and shape the strategy and vision of this program into the future.

Key responsibilities:

  • Work with partners, artists and the Evergreen team to execute the existing 2021 programming plan, as well as to propose and develop new projects and programs for 2022 and 2023.
  • Act as the primary liaison with artists in shaping and presenting their projects.
  • Work in close collaboration with Program staff offering leadership and guidance for the Public Art Program.  
  • Develop editorial and communications content that presents and interprets projects in engaging and relevant ways for diverse audiences.   
  • Work with Evergreen Development and Fundraising team to identify grant and funding opportunities and support in the preparation of content for applications.
  • Represent Evergreen at internal and external meetings, quarterly Public Art Advisory meetings and at key fundraising events.
  • Work with Program team to develop public program and outreach plans to accompany public artworks.
  • Represent Evergreen and its Public Art Program at public lectures and conferences as required.
  • Prepare and make public presentations that outline and promote the Public Art Program.
  • Identify and research significant trends, key issues and opportunities for the Evergreen Public Art Program. 
  • Work with programming and development team members to meet budgetary and fundraising goals.

You have the following experiences and qualifications:

  • An interest and knowledge of contemporary land-based programs and initiatives, as well as an ecologically and culturally sensitive approach to working with art in the natural environment.
  • Demonstrated experience working and collaborating with artists from diverse backgrounds, and actively addressing inequities through artistic and curatorial practice.
  • 5+ years of curatorial experience.
  • Master’s degree in Art History or Curatorial Studies or a related field, or equivalent experience.
  • Experience working with public art and an innovative understanding of new potential for art in the public realm.
  • Exemplary research, writing and communications skills.
  • Experience commissioning and developing large-scale projects with artists.
  • A flexible and adaptive working style, with experience and ease as part of a highly collaborative and integrated team.
  • Deep knowledge and understanding of local, Canadian and international contemporary art and public art.
  • Exceptional skills and success with fundraising and grant-writing in the arts.

Reporting Relationships: main contact will be Senior Program Manager

Working Conditions:

  • Work is largely site based at Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto
  • Remote and office environment, with on the ground presence as required (when public health restrictions allow)
  • Availability some weekends, holidays and/or evenings, as required

Contract

  • Fees to be invoiced by Contractor
  • Maximum of up to 130 hours/month
  • Start date: June 1, 2021
  • 18 Month contract, with possibility for extension
  • Rate of pay: $36 per hour.

Deadline for application: April 18, 2021

Send resume and cover letter to: Felix Mills fmills@evergreen.ca with subject line Curator Evergreen

Evergreen encourages applications from persons of diverse backgrounds.  As an organization focused on city building, we are dedicated to developing a workforce and team of contributors that reflect the spaces in which we live and work.  We recognize and rely on the unique experiences and viewpoints of our staff, volunteers, and partners, and are committed to creating a place where all feel included, regardless of background, age, religion, race, gender, gender identity and expression, physical ability or sexual orientation.